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To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting (these are circulated separately)
The minutes of the meeting held on 22 June 2023. Were confirmed by the Members present.
Hard-copy minutes were signed by the Chair
Apologies for absence
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Apologies received from the Councillor Maddern.
Cllr Hobson was substituted by Cllr Weston. Cllr Mottishead was substituted by Cllr Stewart.
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Councillor Stevens asked Members to remember to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary or other Interests at the beginning of the relevant planning application.
An opportunity for members of the public to make statements or ask questions in accordance with the rules as to public participation.
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The Development Management Committee will finish at 10.30pm and any unheard applications will be deferred to the next meeting.
There are limits on how much of each meeting can be taken up with people having their say and how long each person can speak for. The permitted times are specified in the table above and are allocated for each of the following on a 'first come, first served basis':
· Town/Parish Council and Neighbourhood Associations;
· Objectors to an application;
· Supporters of the application.
Every person must, when invited to do so, address their statement or question to the Chairman of the Committee.
Every person must after making a statement or asking a question take their seat to listen to the reply or if they wish join the public for the rest of the meeting or leave the meeting.
The questioner may not ask the same or a similar question within a six month period except for the following circumstances:
(a) deferred planning applications which have foregone a significant or material change since originally being considered
(b) resubmitted planning applications which have foregone a significant or material change
(c) any issues which are resubmitted to Committee in view of further facts or information to be considered.
At a meeting of the Development Management Committee, a person, or their representative, may speak on a particular planning application, provided that it is on the agenda to be considered at the meeting.
Councillor Stevens advised that members of public have registered to speak at this meeting and reminded any members of the public viewing the meeting about the rules of doing so.
22/02354/FUL Construction of a Single Dwelling
31 Hempstead Lane, Potten End
The Case Officer, Robert Freeman introduced the report to Members and said that the application had been referred to the Committee due to contrary recommendation of the Parish Council.
Parish Councillor Simon Nelson spoke in objection to the application.
Adam Kennedy spoke in support of the application.
It was proposed by Councillor Riddick and seconded by Councillor Weston to DELEGATED with a view to APPROVAL.
For: 12 Against: 0 Abstained: 1
Resolved: That planning permission be DELEGATED with a view to APPROVAL.
That planning permission be DELEGATED with a VIEW TO APPROVAL subject to the completion of a planning obligation under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (As Amended) and the conditions below:
10.2 That the following Heads of Terms are included within the legal agreement
- A contribution of £913.88 is secured towards Strategic Access Management and Monitoring of the Chilterns Beechwoods SAC
- A contribution of £4,251.71 is secured towards Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace as an alternative to use of the Chilterns Beechwoods SAC
1. The development hereby permitted shall begin before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.
Reason: To comply with the requirements of Section 91 (1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as amended by Section 51 (1) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
2. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans/documents:
SU.000 Revision PL3 (Site Location Plan)
01.000 Revision PL4 (Proposed Site Plan)
01.001 Revision PL3 (Proposed Floor Plans)
01.002 Revision PL3 (Proposed Elevations)
01.003 Revision PL3 (Proposed Street Scene)
01.01 Revision TPP1 (Tree Protection Plan)
01.10 Revision PL3 (Tree Location and Protection Plan)
Planning Design and Access Statement by denhofdesign
Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.
3. No development shall commence until details of the finished slab level, eaves and ridge heights to the proposed building have been provided in relation to existing site levels and those of neighbouring development.
Reason: To ensure that the dwelling has an appropriate relationship with neighbouring properties in accordance with Policies CS11 and CS12 of the Core Strategy.
4. No development above slab level shall commence until samples of the materials to be used on the external surfaces of the development have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details.
Reason: To make sure that the appearance of the building is suitable and that it contributes to the character of the area in accordance with Policies CS11 and CS12 of the Dacorum Borough Core Strategy (2013).
5. No development above slab level shall commence until full details of hard and soft landscaping shall have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. These details shall include:
- all external ... view the full minutes text for item 5a
23/00413/FUL Construction of dwelling
Land East Of Cyrita, Hogpits Bottom, Flaunden, Hertfordshire
The Case Officer, Patrick Doyle, introduced the report to Members and said that the application had been referred to the Committee due to contrary views of Parish Council and it was call in by Councillor Riddick
Councillor Riddick declared an interest in item 5b as he had called the item in as it is in his Ward. He confirmed that he would take no part in the discussion or voting for this reason.
Rob Nugent and Councillor David Imroth spoke in objection to the application.
It was proposed by Councillor Bristow to DELEGATED with a view to APPROVAL, in line with Officers recommendations. As there was, no seconder the motion fell.
Having there been no majority to grant the application it was proposed by Councillor Weston and seconded by Councillor Guest to overturn the officer’s recommendation and REFUSE the application for the following reasons:
1. The proposed development, in view of its design, site coverage, and scale would appear cramped and incongruous to the pattern of development locally and the wider character and appearance of the area in which it is located. The proposed development would cause substantial harm to the rural character and appearance of the area and harm to the appearance of the Green Belt contrary to the NPPF and Policies CS5, CS6, CS10, CS11 and CS12 of the Core Strategy.
2. The application does not provide sufficient information to satisfy the council, as competent authority, that the proposed development will not adversely affect the integrity of the Chilterns Beechwoods Special Area for Conservation and there are no alternative solutions/mitigation or credible imperative reasons of overriding public interest why the proposed development should be permitted. In the absence of such information, and in the absence of an appropriate legal agreement to mitigate such adverse impact, the proposed development is contrary to the requirements of the Habitats Regulations 2017 and 2019, the NPPF and Policies CS25 and CS26 of the Core Strategy.
For: 9 Against: 1 Abstained: 2
Resolved: That planning permission be REFUSED.
Philip Stanley presented the report explaining that we had a lot of minor appeals.
In this period there were 8 dismissed and 4 allowed appeals.
He emphasised that the appeals are taking a longer time to go through the process.
Cllr Riddick asked about the appeals at The Old Oak, Hogpits Bottom and Gable
The report was noted.
21:03 Cllr Weston left the meeting
Kyle Dalton presented the report informing Members of the planning enforcement formal action status for April 2023. Nine Notices had been served in the quarter, and progress against the 2023 Local Enforcement Plan priorities was highlighted.
The report was noted.
Questions related to future planning enforcement action were moved to Part 2 of the meeting, upon the completion of Part 1.
The following changes and additions are proposed:
(1) Reference to the Assistant Director (Planning, Development and Regeneration) be replaced by Assistant Director – Planning.
(2) Reference to the Group Manager (Development Management and Planning) be replaced by Head of Development Management.
(3) A new Section 3.4 be added, which states:
“If Members are approached by developers asking to meet regarding pre-application or application proposals, such meetings must always take place with Officer support. Members must not meet with developers on their own.”
(4) A new Section 8.4.1 be added (with subsequent sections re-numbered accordingly) which states:
“Fully read the agenda and any addendum prior to attending the Committee meeting”
The report was noted and agreed.